New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 2, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Teen Connection moves forward,Garden Ridge hearing draws protests but volunteer help Still needed
ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
It was a hot night at City Hall.
- The first of two public hearings on Garden Ridge’s proposed annexation of territory brought out approximately 20 people, most of whom seemed opposed to the move.
Arnold Moos, who lives across the street from the present city line, worried about road maintenance and zoning.
Adela Luckett, who lives in Garden Ridge but also owns property in the proposed annexation area, indicated the city doesn’t provide adequate services for its present 1,250 acres.
Martin Hendrix, concerned about what city zoning might do to his hauling business, brought his attorney to the meeting. And the attorney told City Council that Garden Ridge hadn’t fully complied with the law in circulating the annexation petition.
“There were some *i’s that weren’t dotted and some ‘t’s that weren’t crossed,’’ said Russell Johnson of San
Antonio. On Hendrix’ behalf, he asked that a corner of land north of FM 3009 and east of FM 2252 be deleted from the 330-odd acres to be annexed. If it isn’t, he’s prepared to take his technicalities to court.
Mayor Betty McGranahan took exception to Johnson’s claims. The city made every move with the approval of its own attorney, Harvey L. Hardy, a recognized expert in municipal law.
“I’m sure if the annexation oes through as planned, we’ll get a chance to test that,” Johnson said.
He claims the city didn’t give adequate notice before circulating petitions in the area to be annexed. Approximately 50 residents signed in favor of the annexation, while some 14 signed against. Planning and zoning chairman Bob Kolstad says his commission made every effort to contact every qualified voter in the area.
Johnson says the law requires posting of the petition in three public places folio days before circulation, and also
publication in a newspaper common to the area. The city followed all requirements on advance notice of the public hearing, but doesn’t claim to have posted the petition ahead of time.
He quoted an updated version of Vernon’s Civil Statues, Article 970a, Section 9, which does state such a requirement. However, this paragraph follows and refers back to Section 8, which refers to cities wishing to incorporate within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of another city. That’s not the case in Garden Ridge.
After much debate between Hendrix and the council, supplemented with remarks from others present, municipal judge John Phillips suggested giving Hardy a tape of the meeting and having him contact Johnson directly.
The second hearing, required by law to be held within the territory to be annexed, is scheduled for 6 p.m. today. It will be at the corner of Gloxinia and Hoya streets, just outside the city limits.
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The community’s support of Teen Connection, an alternative school and foster home, means many things to Nancy Ney, the group’s director.
For one, it shows the community’s acceptance of the project, which will be located in the old Zoeller Funeral Home on West San Antonio.
“I think the community realizes the extreme need for a program (such as this) and is certainly willing to accept the program into the community,” she said Wednesday.
Equally important to Ney, however, is the affect the community’s support could have on the outcome of future federal funding for the school and foster home.
“Community support means a great deal” when a group is applying for government funding, Ney said Wednesday. “You have to have so much matching funds)” on the local level when applying for federal grants.
“I’d like the (local) people to realize that all their donations...will be beneficial when we apply again for government money,” she explained.
“I’m optimistic about funding in the future,” because of the community’s support, Ney added.
Ney estimated that local businesses, individuals and organizations have donated approximately $8,000 toward the center.
In addition, however, locals have also supported the center through donations of time, efforts, supplies and equipment.
Volunteers are presently doing a variety of work — from painting to secretarial work — to get the center going, Ney noted.
But, she stressed, there’s still a lot to be done and help needed before the school can open, which she estimates “probably won’t be this year.”
“We’ve had fantastic support” from the community, Ney said. “The amount of interest delights me. I think it shows that the people in New Braunfels are concerned about their young people and are interested in helping them.” But more volunteers and donations are needed, she added.
“We can certainly use more painters,” Ney
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Krueger blasts move by Mexican president
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Outgoing President Jose Lopez Portillo blames his country’s economic woes on Mexico’s bankers, but a former ambassador to Mexico City says that’s just “political rhetoric.”
Robert Krueger, ambassador-at-large to Mexico during the Carter administration, said Lopez Portillo’s decision to nationalize Mexico’s private banks was “a wrong move” that would accelerate the flight of capital from the country, rather than stop it.
"One of the very sad things is that instead of establishing confidence, it will reduce confidence,” Krueger said Wednesday in a telephone interview from his office in New Braunfels.
“Because if he’s trying to stop the flight of capital, nothing is going to scare those people with money more than learning that the government has taken over private ownership of the banks,” he said.
The former Texas congressman said the bank nationalization “was pretty stunning because Mexico has not had any significant nationalization in a very long period of time.”
Ut* contended that Lopez Portillo, who announced the nationalization during his state of the union speech Wednesday in Mexico City, was using “ political rhetoric” when he said that bankers “never again will sack” Mexico’s wealth.
“He’s painting with a broad brush without really defining who it is (doing the sacking). How can lie blame the banks? It’s absolutely illogical, because if he is blaming the banks for allowing depositors to move their money across international lines, they were just
fulfilling their charters. They were just abiding by the law. I don’t know how he could expect anything else," Krueger said.
“If he is concerned about people taking money out of the country, that is not stopped by nationalizing the banks,” he said. “All it means is that if people can’t do it through checks, they will do it through suitcases full of money, which some have already done. But it is going to encourage even more suitcases full of pesos leaving the count, y. It’s going to cause the peso to fall even further in international esteem, in my judgment.
"I think the value of the peso will fall even further with moves like this, at least in the short run, because it’s not going to establish any confidence,” he said.
Ix>pez Portillo said he was nationalizing the banks because “the country can not longer permit the exit of dollars to pay for the real estate acquired outside the country.”
Krueger said he had read that Lopez Portillo’s cousin, William Lopez Portillo, was building “a gigantic house in Miami” and that “it is well known that the Mayor of Mexico City, Mr. Hank Gonzalez, has a huge estate in Connecticut that he bought last year."
“It is not like the people very close to him ( Lopez Portillo) haven’t been doing the same thing,” Krueger said.
The former envoy said Mexico does have a real problem with wealthy people removing part of their assets from tile country “because they have felt unsure of the stability of the Mexican Government.’’
...Nationalization a bad moveIsrael rejects
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - President Reagan stood ready today to send Secretary of State George Shultz to pursue any encouraging response to his “fresh start” formula for giving self-government to the Palestinians and achieving peace in the Middle East.
The first formal response from Israel was far from encouraging. Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s Cabinet, meeting in Jerusalem, rejected Hey;, n’s proposals as expected.
Deputy Prime .Minister David Levy called the president’s plan “one-sided, anti-Israel and contradictory to the spirit of the Camp David accords.”
In Washington. Shultz said he found it diffic ult to believe “that Israel would reject the idea of peace ... reject the idea that they should be recognized by their neighbors as a state ... reject the pledges of support for their security that the president gave.”
The secretary’s remarks came in an interview on the ABC-TV program “Good Morning America.”
Earlier, a senior administration official who insisted on anonymity said that while there are no immediate plans for Shultz to go to the Mideast, the secretary would do so if there were indic ations it would be “propitious and fruitful.”
A key element of the Reagan plan was his c all for “self-government by the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza in association with Jordan," an arrangement to be negotiated by all parties.
The 1978 Camp David framework, which Reagan described as “the only way to proceed” called for self-determination by the Palestinians but made no mention of ultimate assoc iation with Jordan.
Initial Israeli reaction to Reagan’s proposal was negative.
“We are being advised to depart from the Camp David accords,” Eliahu Ben-Elissar, a member of the Israeli Knesset and a close Begin associate, said Wednesday. “We shall not do that, we cannot do that and we do not understand how we can even be asked to do that.”
Abdul Hadj Majali, Jordan’s ambassador to the United States, said on ABC’s “Nightline” that the Reagan proposal contained “very good, positive points." He added his government is studying the plan.
In his nationally broadcast speech, Reagan said details of his plan had been outlined to the governments of Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Reagan’s plan inc luded these elements:
Elec tions in which West Bank and Gaza Palestinians would c hoose a self-governing authority to serve during a five-year transition period in which they could demonstrate ability to run their own affairs while posing no threat to
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Garden Ridge accepts liability plan, wrestles with cable TV proposals
vehicle," she said.
The City of Garden Ridge took out a new insurance policy Wednesday night, but cable TV is still up in the air.
At the recommendation of Mayor Betty McGranahan, City Council took Commercial Casualty Incorporated’s bul on liability insurance. The annual premium of $1,257 breaks down as follows: general city liability, $524; police liability, $320; liability on the city vehicle, $100 and punitive damage insurance, $253.
The policy, once voted in, became effective for Sept. 1. It was just under the wire, since the city’s old policy expired Aug. 30.
Member Bobbie Landrum mentioned repeatedly that the council had been seeking bids for six months. There wasn’t a stack to choose from; in fact, Commercial Casualty’s was the only one read in detail. McGranahan said no other company had come close to those prices, and some made no offers at all.
“Most of them wanted no part of police liability, and weren’t too sure about a
Council once again postponed a decision on cable companies, giving member David Heneshel one more chance to contact STAR CATV of Waxahachie.
STAR was the first of three firms to solicit a franchise with Garden Ridge. The other one still under consideration is Skylink Cable of Mobile, Alabama, which made its presentation Aug 5.
The other firm, Stellar Vision of Corpus Christi, “kind of fell by the wayside," Heneshel said.
A few council members seem to think STAR has fallen by the wayside, too. City attorney Harvey Hardy has looked at both proposals and asked each company to draw up a sample ordinance clarifying certain points. Skylink has complied, McGranahan said, but STAR has not “He says their ordinance is a lot of verbiage but doesn t say anything,’ the mayor said. She told council Skylines ordinance clearly states the city’s rights, the company’s obligations and what the
city can do if the company doesn’t follow through.
She Landrum and Heneshel also thought Skylink offered a better deal to cable
“He says their ordinance is a lot of verbiage but doesn't say anything/' the mayor said. She told council Sky link's ordinance clearly states the city's rights, the company's obligations and what the city can do if the company doesn't follow through.
subscribers, but councilmen Neal Craigmile and Keith Richter disagreed. The two companies use different price structures, and Skylink has a cheaper starter package. But Craigmile, adding up the channels he thought most people would want, came up with a higher
monthly bill from Skylink.
“I don’t think we’d be treating the people of Garden Ridge right,” Craigmile said, adding that the council should give STAR every opportunity to correct deficiencies in its ordinance.
“They were very interested in us, or they’d never have come and made a presentation,” he said.
Summer is officially over for Community Education. Garden Ridge area coordinator Joline Phipps returned the keys to the restrooms in Paul Davis Park Wednesday night.
“We had 79 people involved in the program out here this summer,” Phipps said. The restrooms are the only indoor structure iii the park. Classes were held outside, and included Spanish, reading, crafts, golf and a living history series w hich Phipps said was a great success.
“People think you can’t have a program if you don’t have a building,” she said.